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20% Of Freed Detainees Resume Jihad

From an unfazed Reuters:

U.S. believes 1 in 5 ex-detainees joining militants

By Adam Entous And Phil Stewart Wed Jan 6

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A classified Pentagon assessment shows about one in five detainees released from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay has joined or is suspected of joining militant groups like al Qaeda, U.S. officials said on Wednesday

So it turns out Guantanamo is a great recruiting device for Al Qaeda, after all. Though, not quite in the way Mr. Obama and the rest of the left claim.

Under pressure to increase safeguards, President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday that he had suspended the transfer of additional Guantanamo detainees to Yemen, citing the deteriorating security situation in the country

Given the recent attacks by the Yemen government on Al Qaeda, perhaps Mr. Obama is worried about sending these innocent darlings back into harm’s way.

Maybe he will arrange to relocate them on the very exclusive island paradise of Bermuda instead.

At the US taxpayers’ expense, of course.

More than 560 detainees from Guantanamo have been released, the vast majority of them by the Bush administration.

Lest we forget, for the most part the Bush administration released these detainees against their will and better judgment, and usually under pressure from ACLU besotted judges.

An Obama administration official said the White House had received "no information that suggests that any of the detainees transferred by this administration have returned to the fight."

Six Yemeni detainees were sent home days before the December 25 attempted bombing. There are 198 detainees left at Guantanamo, which once held 750, Pentagon officials said. Among those still being held there, roughly 91 are Yemeni…

A previous Pentagon assessment last April showed that 14 percent of former detainees had joined or were suspected of joining militant groups, up from 11 percent in December 2008.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the revised Pentagon assessment showed that percentage had grown to about 20 percent

Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell declined to comment on the latest figures, saying they remained classified, but told reporters, "The trend hasn’t reversed itself."

Morrell said the vetting process for releasing detainees was an "inexact science," adding: "You know, we are making subjective calls based upon judgment, intelligence. And so there is no foolproof answer in this realm. That’s what makes this so difficult."

The Obama administration seems to be hellbent on releasing just about everyone. So what does "vetting" have to do with it?

The Obama administration official said steps had been taken to improve detainee reviews.

A special Guantanamo task force was created by Obama "to conduct the thorough work that had not been done before: to review the relevant information about each detainee, including the threat they pose, to determine whether they should be prosecuted, detained, or transferred," the official said.

No, this work was never done before.

It is “unprecedented.”

Critics have long accused the Pentagon of exaggerating the threat posed by detainees.

"This is more scaremongering," Clive Stafford-Smith, director of the UK-based legal charity Reprieve, which represents several detainees at the facility

Tell that to the 288 people on NWA flight 253.

By Adam Entous And Phil Stewart Wed Jan 6

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A classified Pentagon assessment shows about one in five detainees released from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay has joined or is suspected of joining militant groups like al Qaeda, U.S. officials said on Wednesday

So it turns out Guantanamo is a great recruiting device for Al Qaeda, after all. Though, not quite in the way Mr. Obama and the rest of the left claim.

Under pressure to increase safeguards, President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday that he had suspended the transfer of additional Guantanamo detainees to Yemen, citing the deteriorating security situation in the country

Given the recent attacks by the Yemen government on Al Qaeda, perhaps Mr. Obama is worried about sending these innocent darlings back into harm’s way.

Maybe he will arrange to relocate them on the very exclusive island paradise of Bermuda instead.

At the US taxpayers’ expense, of course.

More than 560 detainees from Guantanamo have been released, the vast majority of them by the Bush administration.

Lest we forget, for the most part the Bush administration released these detainees against their will and better judgment, and usually under pressure from ACLU besotted judges.

An Obama administration official said the White House had received "no information that suggests that any of the detainees transferred by this administration have returned to the fight."

Six Yemeni detainees were sent home days before the December 25 attempted bombing. There are 198 detainees left at Guantanamo, which once held 750, Pentagon officials said. Among those still being held there, roughly 91 are Yemeni…

A previous Pentagon assessment last April showed that 14 percent of former detainees had joined or were suspected of joining militant groups, up from 11 percent in December 2008.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the revised Pentagon assessment showed that percentage had grown to about 20 percent

Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell declined to comment on the latest figures, saying they remained classified, but told reporters, "The trend hasn’t reversed itself."

Morrell said the vetting process for releasing detainees was an "inexact science," adding: "You know, we are making subjective calls based upon judgment, intelligence. And so there is no foolproof answer in this realm. That’s what makes this so difficult."

The Obama administration seems to be releasing just about everyone. What does vetting have to do with it?

The Obama administration official said steps had been taken to improve detainee reviews.

A special Guantanamo task force was created by Obama "to conduct the thorough work that had not been done before: to review the relevant information about each detainee, including the threat they pose, to determine whether they should be prosecuted, detained, or transferred," the official said.

No, this work was never done before.

It is “unprecedented.”

Critics have long accused the Pentagon of exaggerating the threat posed by detainees.

"This is more scaremongering," Clive Stafford-Smith, director of the UK-based legal charity Reprieve, which represents several detainees at the facility

Tell that to the 288 people on NWA flight 253.

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